Thursday, July 11, 2013

Steamed Broccoli with garlic and cashewnuts

There are times when i do not feel like looking at spices anymore. These are the times when i prefer healthy steamed vegetables. I prefer steaming rather than boiling as nutrients remain intact so that i benefit the most out of these vegetables. My family eats vegetables most of the days except on weekends. It sometimes turn boring preparing the curry every time . Moreover there are very few ways i like having broccoli, either steamed or saute. I do not like it in curry at all as i strongly feel that Broccoli has its own taste and adding too much of spices to it kind of loosen that original taste.
My kid 18 months like having it steamed too along with carrots and potatoes. So i steamed broccoli along with carrots and potatoes.
For the sauce i used olive oil instead of butter and made a kind of sweet, tangy and crunchy sauce by adding cashew nuts to it. This was perfect for our dinner and had great taste. I found this way of making everyone eat broccoli. It was very nice and i hope it works for you too.

steamed Broccoli

This recipe :

  • Serves-4
  • Preparation time- 5 minutes
  • Cooking time- 10 minutes
  • Level of difficulty- easy
  • Broccoli - 1, cut into florets
  • Carrot - 4, peeled and cut into halves
  • Boiled potatoes- 4, medium size, cut into halves
  • Olive oil- 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic- 4, chopped
  • Sugar- 1 Tsp
  • Soy sauce- 1 Tbsp
  • Lime juice- 1 Tsp
  • Pepper freshly crushed
  • Cashewnuts- chopped
steamed Broccoli

  • Add 1 inch of water in the steaming pot.
  • Once the water is hot ,Place the greased steamer inside the pot and place the broccoli florets along with the carrots. Cover and let this steam for 7 to 10 minutes until broccoli is tender.
  • By the time steaming is in process you may prepare the sauce. Place olive oil in a pan and add the garlic in it , heat in medium to high heat. once garlic turns little tender add the sugar, soy sauce and lime juice. Finally add the crushed pepper. Simmer for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and drop in all the crushed cashewnuts.
  • Place the steamed vegetables on a plate and pour the sauce over them. Mix well and serve hot with drinks of your choice.
steamed broccoli with garlic and cashewnuts

Enjoy and Happy cooking.


  1. I so agree with you. It cannot be curries all the time. I feel the same too. Broccoli is a perfect veg and yes, I am with you about steaming. With the rest of ingredients and the crunch from peanuts, I adore such a veg dish.

  2. My kid eat broccoli raw saying I m eating tree. Love the presentation.

  3. That's a great idea dear.. I too do not like the taste of broccoli mixed in our curry.. Will try this out soon !! Such a yummy & healthy sauce too...

  4. I agree- broccoli has its own unique taste! I used to really love the taste of broccoli until we once made this huge batch of broccoli soup which took us over a week to finish.....after that I so sick of broccoli, it never quite tasted the same again! This looks delicious though!

  5. A favorite of my kid, I do add julienned ginger brings a nice flavor.

  6. very healthy n tempting .....

  7. most important is very easy to make and healthy also

  8. This looks so yummy.Please visit my space when you find a moment :)

  9. Simple and fiber filled. Your little one sure is adventurous with his vegetables, kudos.

  10. simple, interesting the presentation..looks so good.

  11. This is a healthy one and simple! its same here I too don't like it in the curry!

  12. I have tasted a similar one in a thai restaurant. Looks interesting

  13. i am a fan of them steamed or toasted...this is a yummy side

  14. It's the same with me too,there are days when I just don't feel like eating anything spicy or Indian :)I make something similar...but this combo looks very interesting and delicious..will sure try this out :)


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